A sustainable diet leads to fewer blood clots in the brain

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Scientists from Aarhus University found that the risk of bleeding or blood clots in the brain is lower if your diet is sustainable.

The research is published in Stroke and was conducted by Christina Dahm et al.

There should be more vegetables and less meat on the plate in front of us. This study found that a sustainable diet not only benefits the climate but also benefits your health.

In the study, the team examined a total of 57,053 adults aged 50 to 64. These people answered questions about their eating habits and lifestyles.

In the following years, researchers were able to use the Danish registers to identify participants who developed bleeding and blood clots in the brain.

The team says if adult men or women follow a sustainable diet and the Nordic recommendations for dietary fiber intake, then there is a lower risk of bleeding or blood clots in the brain.

This knowledge is important, as a previous study from the UK found that vegetarians had a higher risk of brain hemorrhages compared with those who ate meat.

The team says a vegetarian diet is very similar to a sustainable diet. The results show that it is safe to eat a sustainable diet.

The study should be followed up in the context of today’s Danish dietary habits, which contain an increased amount of new sustainable foods such as oat milk and plant-based meat alternatives, as well as studies that examine more specifically how Danes can become better at complying with climate-friendly dietary advice.

The seven official Danish climate-friendly dietary guidelines 

  • Eat plant-rich, varied and not too much.
  • Eat more vegetables and fruit.
  • Eat less meat—choose legumes and fish.
  • Eat whole grains.
  • Choose vegetable oils and low-fat dairy products.
  • Eat less of the sweet, salty and fatty.
  • Quench your thirst in water.

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